WIPterview with Chloe Leigh Corin

Happy Friday! Of course, it’s WIPterview time. There will be two more after this. One on Monday, and mine next Friday. Still time to get me that burning question you’re just dying to know the answer to.

Today, let’s give a nice, warm, WIPpeteer Cheer to…


…the newest daring soul, Chloe Leigh Corin.

Welcome, Chloe. If you wouldn’t mind scaling that ladder there, and having a seat in this really tall chair. That’s it. Yes, that’s an OSHA approved safety belt, but it doesn’t work. I’m afraid the clasp is broken. Don’t worry, though, plenty of room for two of the monkeys to squeeze in alongside and keep you restrained from falling out. They’re harmless. Really. Care for some snacks? Jar of nuts? Some juice?

Good. Now that you’re all settled in, why don’t you regale us with a tale or two? Um…wait…sorry, wrong card, tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you?

CLC: I’m a small-town girl, from Charlottesville VA, actually, but I’ve always carried big dreams. Many of them I had to put on hold to pursue a more practical way to earn income. I dabbled in the music industry, make-up artistry, and majored in fashion in college. I ditched all of it for a season to pursue a master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs. At the time, I was engaged to my now husband, and knew a career in the arts wasn’t exactly stable. Working with college students allowed me to use my artistic side by planning events, decorating, screening acts for talent shows–you name the art and I had access to it! A career in student affairs ended up being the best job for me and my family. Currently, my husband and I work together mentoring students. And when I’m not on campus, I’m home raising (chasing) my two little boys.

kls: Well, if you’re used to corralling young boys, the monkeys will be no challenge for you. Except that they can fly. There is that. Let’s talk WIPpeteers for a moment. What drew you to the WIPpeteers?

CLC: I ran across the WIPpeteers group before I started blogging. I was reading Elaine Jeremiah’s post and she spoke highly about the group. I started reading the comments and they all seemed supportive and positive. I have lived in the DC area for about a year and still haven’t found a writing group. I knew I needed the encouragement, accountability, and feedback from other writers if I was going to keep up with my writing goals.

kls: I envy those folks that have an actual writer’s group to go to. There aren’t any very close to me either. But I do better with on-line flexibility. Anyhow, this isn’t about me. Tell us what WIP(s) have you been sharing with our readers?

CLC: Readers have been catching excerpts from The Hall Speaks sequel, and final book for this story. The entire story takes place over the course of one academic year. I’m still cleaning up the first draft but hope to start tackling it more seriously in March. I want to publish it later this year, August/September.

kls: Exciting stuff. We’ll be watching for it. Now then, tell us what your favorite part of WIPpet Wednesday is?

CLC: I enjoy the deadlines—it holds me accountable to actually working on my manuscript. Even if they’re small sections, cleaning it up now will only make those March edits that much easier. I also love reading other excerpts because it keeps me motivated to keep writing.

kls: Most people cringe with the threat of deadlines. I do much better when I have them. Otherwise? Procrastination reigns supreme. So outside of WW, what project(s) are you currently working on?

CLC: I don’t watch TV much and spend a good amount of time saying, “what if?” a lot to entertain myself. Ideas are constantly running through my brain. However, I really like challenging myself and I’ve never been into sci-fi– nothing against the genre. I just have a hard time figuring out real life; throw me into a different world and I tend to get lost. The best way for me to learn is by writing. I wondered what kind of world would it be if education, love-life, friends, social class, basically everything, was all determined for you based on your thoughts. If your thoughts were constantly being evaluated by those in control, what would you do? How would you even start a rebellion if your thoughts were no longer private? How could you hide if those in control knew you were thinking of running? They’d be at your door step before you would get a chance to leave. Anyway, I had fun answering these questions. So my next project is a YA dystopian sci-fi about a brother and sister living in a society that exacts justice based on people’s thoughts.

kls: Wow! When you ‘what if?’ you really ‘what if?’! That sounds fascinating and intense. Can’t wait to see snippets of that showing up. Now, if you wouldn’t mind, take that banana-shaped horn from the monkey on your right and give it a–my bad. That’s actually a banana. Here. *rummages through box on the floor* Try this. I’m not sure what it is but it looks like it could make some noise because it’s time for some horn-blowing. Tell our readers what you have out there, where to find it, what’s coming next, and where to connect with you.

CLC: I published my first novel The Hall Speaks #fallsemster, and it’s about an anonymous resident assistant (RA) blogger detailing the events from the previous year, all leading up to an unthinkable tragedy. Loosely based on real stories, The Hall Speaks #fallsemester, is the first novel about Residence Life. You can find it on Amazon or Lulu! The sequel will be out August/September.

You can often find me here:  chloeleighcorin.wordpress.com or roll with me on tumblr at chloecorin.tumblr.com.  And I love making new friends, really I do! I was voted Friendless by my senior class.:)

kls: Well, you’re definitely not friendless here. Let’s move on to the infamous and ill-named Lightning Round! Ready. Set. Go!

Coffee or tea? Coffee

Rock or country? Rock

City, country, or seaside? Country

Favorite color? Green

Favorite pastime besides penning fantastic tales? I have to dance pretty much every day! J

kls: I love to dance! Plus, it’s great exercise. But, sadly, I think that’s all I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for joining in the craziness that is WIPpet Wednesdays. Anything else you’d like to share? Any final thoughts?

CLC: Thanks so much for having me. I had a blast answering these questions and look forward to checking out more interviews from my fellow WIPpeteers.

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  1. Thanks again for taking the time to interview me and for the warm welcome to the WIPpeteers! 🙂

  2. Another fascinating interview. Chloe, your book sounds exciting.

  3. Great interview, Chloe! So glad you’ve joined us. It’s great to get to know more about you.

  4. You survived the monkeys! (Kathi did let you go…?!). Great to learn more about you Chloe, and your background helps put your WIPpets into context. It sounds like you have a great job!

  5. Great interview and lovely to find out more about you Chloe. 🙂

  6. Always so fun to read about everyone’s backgrounds! Glad to “meet” you, Chloe! 🙂

  7. Great to meet you a bit more, Chloe. I almost envy your past experiences (the variety sounds ideal for a writer), and your present job has to be intense. I remember our RD fondly. She was a really inspired person, but I doubt many people except the RAs and a few rare students got the chance to find that out.

    Glad you’ve joined us in the WIPpets. (though you say you aren’t a sci-fi person, you definitely have the head for the genre–“What if” is the whole key… it’s people in a “what if” situation)

    • Thanks so much for reading my interview. I’m grateful for my past, for sure. I jumped around a lot when it came to the arts, but hopefully that makes me well rounded instead of crazy. Lol 🙂

      • I don’t know about you, Chloe, but I’ve found that the arts invite jumping around. Perhaps now such we don’t celebrate the mastery of artists quite the same way that it seems we used to…

        Anyway, I certainly don’t think it makes you crazy; to me, it makes you curious about the world and creative.

  8. How awesome to find a career choice that is both “sensible” and creative! Now that I understand the what-ifs behind the plot, I’m more intrigued than ever by the story. 🙂

    • Yes, I feel extremely blessed to have a job that allows me to be creative. And working with college students helps me to understand what’s relevant in today’s culture.

      Thanks again for your interest in my Sci-fi story. It’s fun answering all the ‘what ifs’ as I write. 🙂

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